Volkswagen has confirmed the barnstorming Golf R400 will hit production and set to arrive in showrooms in 2016.
Speaking to British publication, CAR, Volkswagen Group powertrain chief, Heinz-Jakob Neusser confirms the Golf R400 is currently in development.
“We have the Golf more sporty than ever before… we soon will have the Golf R400,” he told the magazine.
The Golf R400 will be the first series production vehicle in the VW empire to use the high-output 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, first seen in the Audi TT420 concept.
While the final output is still a mystery, Volkswagen is reportedly keen to increase the engine’s output to as much as 420PS (309kW), making it the most powerful four-cylinder production engine, ever; piping the A45 AMG’s already hair raising 260kW and even its closely related cousin, the 270kW Audi RS3.
Like the Golf R on which it is based, the power will be channeled to all four wheels via Volkswagen 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
Expect the production model to closely mimic the concept’s body kit, as well as getting bigger brakes and beefed up hardware to match the added muscle.
The super-hatch will likely make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015.